What's On

Sunday 5 July, 7pm, €22/€20 conc.

Alabama 3 Acoustic & Unplugged with support from Charis

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival

An unrivalled Marxist machine gun, Alabama 3 Acoustic are on a mission in Ennis to get you mashed!

Having gained world-wide acclaim for their theme song to the infamous TV show The Sopranos, Alabama 3's exhilarating live shows have long become the stuff of legend. Across deeply infectious albums they've made impossible musical collisions sound as natural as the swamp.

Support from 7pm   |   Concert from 8pm

Unreserved seating - standing & seated options available

Friday 31 July, 8.30pm, €25

Finbar Wright at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff

as part of Scariff Harbour Festival

Performing all of your favourites, Finbar Wright makes his first appearance in Scariff, accompanied by a top-class 6-piece ensemble. Finbar is marking twenty-five years of making heart-warming music on stages all around the world. Widely regarded as one of the finest voices of modern times and Ireland’s best-loved tenor, this will be a night of beautiful songs, some laughter, lots of smiles, and, above all, excellent entertainment!

Please note that tickets can be purchased via glór up to 3pm on Thursday 30th July. After this time, tickets can be purchased on the door of the event.

Thursday 6 August, 7.30pm, €15
Friday 7 August, 7.30pm, €30
Saturday 8 August, 7.30pm, €20

Feakle Festival 2015

28th International Festival of Traditional Irish Music

Ticket sales via glór for Feakle Festival finish at 1pm Friday 7th August and remaining tickets are available at the door of the venue.

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Thursday 6th of August at 7.30 pm  |  Café Style Concert  |  Venue: Community Centre Feakle  |  €15.00
Book with glór box office on 065 6843103 or online here.

Featuring:

  • Edel Fox, Jungi Shirota & Mareka Naito
  • Katie Greene & Helen Hayes
  • Eoghan O’Sullivan and Pat O’Connor
  • Kate Purcell and the Burns Sisters
  • Pepper House Band: featuring Mark Donnellan, Brian Donnellan, John Canny & Michael Landers.

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Friday 7th of August at 7.30 pm  |  Music Recital  |  Venue: St Mary’s Church Feakle  |  €30.00
Book with glór box office on 065 6843103 or online here.

Featuring:

  • Peter Carberry & Padraig McGovern. Peter hails from the Holla, in Kenagh, County Longford. He is a highly accomplished accordion and banjo player. Padraig McGovern is from Ballymagovern a townland in the Cavan-Leitrim border area. Padraig's music reflects the influences of both counties. This duo have recently released a highly acclaimed album - Forgotten Gems.
  • Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra. Grammy award winner, Moya Brennan is the singer of Clannad as well as having a successful solo career. Cormac De Barra is renowned internationally as a versatile harp virtuoso. They combine the simplicity, depth and beauty of the extraordinary skills which make them unique in their own field.
  • The recital will conclude with the anticipated annual performance by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.
  • Presented by Leon Agnew

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Saturday 8th of August at 7.30pm  |  Concert   |  Venue: Community Centre Feakle  |  €20.00
Book with glór box office on 065 6843103 or online here.

Featuring:

  • The London Lasses - described by Irish Music Magazine as "one of the best bands on the scene today", the traditional Irish group Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, sax, backing vocals), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Chris O'Malley (keyboard, guitar), Brona McVittie (vocals, harp)
  • The Jeremiahs - combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 the quartet have trail blazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and festivals. The band features local man Brian Corry (Tin whistle/Flute/ Fiddle), Joe Gibney (Vocals/whistle), James Ryan (Guitar/Bouzouki) and Jean Christophe Morel (Fiddle).
  • Four Star Trio from Cork featuring Johnny McCarthy: fiddle, flute, whistle Con O'Drisceoil: accordion, piano, harmonium, organ and Pat Ahern: Irish slide guitar, high string guitar, and bouzouki.
  • Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Acclaimed musicians each in their own right, Caitlín and Ciarán have joined forces to create one of traditional music's most impressive acts. Through fiddle, concertina and dance, they breathe fire into musical pieces, combining their arts with chemistry and energy.
  • Oisín Mac Diarmada with Seamus Begley and Joe Fitzgerald. Accordion player and singer Séamus Begley is one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians, coming as he does from one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families. Seamus will be joined by renowned accordion player Joe Fitzgerald and some members of the Begley family. Joe is originally from East Clare but now living in Melbourne. Joe is making a welcome but rare visit to East Clare and this performance is not to be missed. Oisín is a talented Sligo-style fiddler and founder of an Irish traditional band Teada.
  • Presented by: Con O'Drisceoil
Wednesday 12 - Sunday 15 August,

Merriman Summer School 2015

Love and Marriage (Revisited)

‘Love and Marriage’ are themes that are deeply embedded in Irish culture and in ‘personal life’ and represent an arena frequently characterized by controversy. 2015, in particular, marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Divorce Referendum, which passed by a narrow majority and led to the introduction of divorce for the first time in Irish law; the passing of the Children and Family Relationships Act (2015); and a referendum on same sex marriage (May 22nd 2015). The Children and Family Relationships Act (2015), running to over 100 pages with over 170 sections, deals with topics as diverse as guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction and custody and it amends existing legislation relating to civil partnership, adoption, passports, and succession.

When situated in the wider European context, intimate relationships in Ireland have experience profound transformation and rapid social change in recent decades. Recent data cites a significant increase in one-parent households and a high non-marital birth rate, for instance, alongside the emergence of cohabitation, divorce, same-sex families and ‘reconstituted’ families. At the same time, the majority of children in Ireland still live in a two-parent family based on marriage, and the divorce rate in Ireland is in reality much lower than several other European countries. Love and marriage in the 21st century are therefore characterized both by a strong degree of continuity and change in the Irish context –a complex relationship exists between tradition and modernity.
 
This year’s Merriman Summer School will explore critical aspects of ‘love and marriage’ as a prevailing theme in Irish Culture, Politics and Society over time through the lens of literature, social research, music, performance, history, poetry, politics and the law. Talks, readings, performances and debates by leading scholars, writers and artists will deal with topics as diverse as ‘twenty years of divorce in Ireland,’ love and marriage in the 1916 Rising, sexual citizenship, same sex marriage, women’s lives, marriage traditions and Irish writing. Speakers include Roy Foster, Lucy McDiarmid, the author Donal Ryan, Tom Inglis and esteemed poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Rita Ann Higgins and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

A musical gala evening exploring love and marriage in the musical landscape of Co. Clare is a highlight of this years programme and the Summer School will close with a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ on ‘Love and Marriage since the Famine.’

Click here for the full programme and further information.

Friday 11 September, 8pm, €15

Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan and Mike Vass

presented by Music Network

If you haven’t caught award-winning singer Kathleen MacInnes live before, you’re in for a real treat. On stage the Hebridean songbird is a natural, sharing a joke one minute then breaking hearts the next with a soulful, earthy voice that lingers with the listener long after the last note has been sung. A regular performer at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival, in 2010 her singing reached audiences worldwide after being featured in Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood.
 

Click here to listen to Kathleen MacInnes singing.
 

Her musical co-conspirators combine creativity and virtuosity in equal measure. Best known for his work with Altan, legendary box player Dermot Byrne has collaborated with everyone from The Chieftains and Sharon Shannon to The Stunning and Stephane Grappelli. Founder member of ground-breaking acts Flook and Kan, flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan has also performed with such stellar artists as Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Russian group Aquarium, while Scottish guitar and fiddle maestro Mike Vass, a recipient of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has toured extensively with leading Scots song band Malinky.